Cedar Bark Park is one of the coolest public dog parks here in Austin. Not just for it's large swimming area, shaded awnings, dog playground equipment, or bathing stations but also because it is one of the best overall designed dog parks around town. Check out my quick tips to help you have a great time with your canine companion.
Bring a Towel
The spacious swimming area is located in the large dog section of the Bark Park. If you have a small dog, your designated play yard won't have access to this swimming area but you are not restricted from it either. Just be extra cautious and keep a lookout for dogs that might mistake your dog for a bunny. Even if your dog does not enjoy the water feature of the park your pup may still become dirty. The park does provide nice wash areas to clean up your dog after a rumble in the park. In both cases having a towel handy when you get back to your car will be nice.
In my experience the dogs always seem nice and the people kept a close eye on their pups. The tough part about public dog parks is that not everybody is going to be aware when their dog is not being appropriate. Take time before going in to look around the park for any unwanted behavior from dogs or people. If you see a dog being too aggressive or a lot of owners connected to their phones instead of their canine companion then feel free to just take a walk around the Veterans Park instead. You might also find that dogs in one section in the park are playing better than another section.
This park goes a long way to provide some waste management options for you in order to clean up your dog's mess. They have both bag stations and scoopers. Sadly I saw a lot of poop on the ground every time I have been there because owners decided not to take the responsibility to clean it up. Bring some bags with you if you are unfamiliar or do not like to use pooper scoopers just in case the park has run out of bags. One time I could not find any bags but I went ahead and used the scooper instead.
It is always wise to make sure to check with your vet that your pup is up to date on vaccines because people may bring their sick dog with kennel cough or some other illness to the park. If your dog has an injury or is favoring anything going to the dog park might not be the right choice of exercise for your dog. This park has a lot of spacious areas for dogs to run around and play and this high activity may lead to your dog further injuring themselves if you are not careful.
Like we have talked about before make sure that you are connected with your canine companion. It is always good to have your dog come to you and check in regularly. If they are off playing with other dogs, then make sure to maintain eye contact with them. A big mistake dog owners make at dog parks is only calling their dog to them when it is time to go home. At this point you will become the fun police and your dog may begin to ignore you when you call them. Ignoring you can become dangerous if a fight breaks out in the park between the dogs. Try to collect your dog about every five to ten minutes at the park to maintain a solid connection and avoid any dangerous situations.
Cedar Park Bark Park is an amazing public dog park and I hope these 5 Quick Tips help you have a great time with your canine companion. Let me know in the comments below if you have any suggestions of parks or dog friendly spots I should check out around Austin.
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